During a ceremony held in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, Israeli President Shimon Peres received a Congressional Gold Medal. The medal recognizes President Peres for maintaining strong bilateral relations between Israel and the United States.
The award of the medal was authorized under Public Law 113-114, which was enacted on June 9, 2014.
The obverse of the medal, which was designed by Don Everhart, features a portrait of Shimon Peres with a flag of Israel in the background. The inscription reads “Shimon Peres”.
The reverse of the medal was designed by Joseph Menna and features the image of a dove symbolizing peace. The inscriptions read “You Are As Great As the Cause You Serve” and ‘Act of Congress 2014″.
The United States Mint has made a 3-inch bronze duplicate version of the medal available for sale, priced ta $39.95. Later this year, a 1.5-inch bronze version will be made available, priced at $6.95.
This Congressional Gold Medal represents one of six which have been authorized during the past month. Other medals have been authorized to be awarded to the Doolittle Tokyo Raiders, the American Fighter Aces, World War II members of the Civil Air Patrol, the Monuments Men, and the 65th Infantry Regiment. This also follows yesterday’s award of a medal for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, which was originally authorized in 2004 but not issued until the passage of recent legislation to make technical corrections.